Wednesday, December 09, 2009

Three Little Words

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I’m feeling good today. I’m sitting here with my green tea and feeling definitely Better About Things. Life hadn’t seemed quite right recently: our being here has always been year by contractual year and I thought I’d accepted that but this year feels different. And I didn’t like it.

So although I’ve woken up today with a definite sore throat (which I suspected was coming last night while I was out at a library dinner) I’m still feeling positive.

I have three words which I become mindful of in times of anxiety. I have employed these words so much in the last year when I have doubted. My personal little words are faith (in a non religious context) trust and courage. I took them out and polished them up and I just remembered them; In fact, yesterday I employed them in a wider context and maybe that’s helped too. They are magic little words that release my worries. See, how great are words?

Am I sounding a bit new agey crazy today? Oh good; I can live with that. There’s always been a bit of the hippy hidden away in me.

Many of the frenetic Christmas commitments are behind me; there are only a few upcoming obligations (all pleasurable) and so I am freer to concentrate again on the never ending book.

The never ending book still hasn’t ended but I’m getting on with it.

So what words do you need to be mindful of?
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16 comments:

Calistro said...

I've got one of those old-fashioned tin signs in my kitchen and I've got a bunch of magnetic words stuck to it. I've made a bunch of sentences but I've also created a mantra. It's:

believe
create
forget
chill

The first three I'm not bad at. The last one I need to work on!

Talking of which I just read your post on your yoga teacher and thought, "Ooooh I really, really want a holiday in Thailand!"

JJ Beattie said...

Nice words Cally. I love 'Chill' - I guess that's my end result when my other three have done their work.

Well, if you come to Thailand, I know a place you can say in Bangkok! Can't we have a novel racers do here?

Angie said...

Those words make a great mantra. Mind if I borrow them? I could use some faith and courage in particular! My number one word right now should be focus. As in focus on my final revisions.

Your lovely word meter is looking so full. You're nearly there. Keep it up, you can do it! :)

SpiralSkies said...

My three words?

Stop

Fannying

About

(*Sigh*)

JJ Beattie said...

Angie, yes, focus is a good one, or cofus as we Novel Racers say. (It came out of a Friday Coffee Post...) Thank you... I sort of know I will get it done but when will it end?

Jen, LOL. I hadn't thought about those... maybe I'll add them too.

Flowerpot said...

faith, trust and courage - I love those. I'll take them out and give them a good polish. I also have a frog on my desk standing on a box that says CORNISH NEVER GIVE UP FROG.

Lane said...

Hope
Faith
and
of course
charity.

And I need to banish manyana (sp?)

DJ Kirkby said...

I need to pay attention to these words: learn to relax.
Hope your sore throat gets better real soon. x

L-Plate Author said...

JJ, mine are persistence, faith and perseverance....I will get there. I will get there. I will get there...x

Fia said...

Am I allowed four?

'This too will pass.'

It reminds me to appreciate good times and try to cope with bad times.

ChrisH said...

Might just pinch yours, JJ, they make the right comforting noises. The three that have really worked for me are, 'Bum On Seat'.

Amanda said...

My words would be

'Live for Today' x

Pat Posner said...

Love everyone's words.
Will just add:
Tomorrow's another day

Susie Vereker said...

JJ, good words. I sometimes tell myself firmly 'You can manage.'

HPofP said...

The three that have brought me most comfort in the past 12 months are "I am enough."

JJ Beattie said...

Thank you all so much for sharing your words. They were all lovely and I will remember them.

I'm surprised that so many have your own mantras, words for strength, or whatever. And touched that you shared them.

Thank you.